Jeremy Bonderman had elbow surgery, will attempt to come back next year

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Jeremy Bonderman hasn’t pitched since posting a 5.53 ERA in 171 innings for the Tigers in 2010, sitting out all of last season when a deal with the Indians fell through, but apparently he’s eying a comeback … in 2013.

Buster Olney of ESPN.com reports that Bonderman underwent elbow reconstruction surgery today “with the intent of working his way back to the big leagues next spring.”

Bonderman is still just 29 years old, but he hasn’t been healthy and effective in the same season since way back in 2006. Since then he has a 5.19 ERA in 427 innings.

Plenty of bad pitchers are able to snag minor-league contracts with spring training invitations every season and in Bonderman’s case at least he’s a former first-round pick with some good big-league work under his belt, but after two full seasons off he’ll be a major long shot to crack an Opening Day roster.